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W. H. Auden

B. 1907 D. 1973

3 poems available

Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead. - W. H. Auden

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T. S. Eliot

B. 1888 D. 1965

7 poems available

...the communication of the dead/is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living. - from Part 1 of 'Little Gidding', T. S. Eliot

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Samuel Menashe

B. 1925 D. 2011

10 poems available

O Many Named Beloved / Listen to my praise - 'O Many Named Beloved', Samuel Menashe

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13 poems available

A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney

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Roy Fisher

B. 1930 D. 2017

3 poems available

...anything I have seen, I've only seen by virtue of having been very inattentive or rebellious at school, and looking at what was out of the corner of the picture, what was outside the frame. - Roy Fisher

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18 poems available

...if poetry is a method of approaching truths, and each of us with a human soul and 'a tongue in oor heids' can make an approach toward a truth, poetry is inherently democratic. - Kathleen Jamie

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5 poems available

everyday life is turned into something instantly more compelling and mysterious... there's an undeniable beauty at the dark heart of these strange poems - Neil Rollinson.

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9 poems available

We were testing the range of the human voice - 'The Shout', Simon Armitage

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Honeybee, Inner Hebrides - Valerie Gillies
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Old Moments - Alasdair Gray
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Vocation - Alasdair Gray
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Discontinuity - Christine De Luca
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